In our forthcoming podcast with Adam Serwer, he noted that one recurring theme of his (excellent) new book is that Trump kept confounding attempts to rationalize his appeal as being about “economic anxiety” by being completely explicit about making clear that his appeal was about racism. Similarly, state-level Republicans are quickly working to upend Savvy takes about how Republican vote suppression efforts are no big deal:
Lonnie Hollis has been a member of the Troup County election board in West Georgia since 2013. A Democrat and one of two Black women on the board, she has advocated Sunday voting, helped voters on Election Days and pushed for a new precinct location at a Black church in a nearby town.
But this year, Ms. Hollis will be removed from the board, the result of a local election law signed by Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican. Previously, election board members were selected by both political parties, county commissioners and the three biggest municipalities in Troup County. Now, the G.O.P.-controlled county commission has the sole authority to restructure the board and appoint all the new members.
“I speak out and I know the laws,” Ms. Hollis said in an interview. “The bottom line is they don’t like people that have some type of intelligence and know what they’re doing, because they know they can’t influence them.”
Ms. Hollis is not alone. Across Georgia, members of at least 10 county election boards have been removed, had their position eliminated or are likely to be kicked off through local ordinances or new laws passed by the state legislature. At least five are people of color and most are Democrats — though some are Republicans — and they will most likely all be replaced by Republicans.
In numerous swing states, believing that Trump won the 2020 election will be a prerequisite for a job administering elections. Seems bad to me!